Call for papers: MEDICAL ROBOTICS SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM AT IROS 2011
|IROS 2011 (http://www.iros2011.org/) will feature a series of special symposia to celebrate the achievements of the last fifty years of robotics and to articulate a vision for the future of the field. One of the symposia will be on “Medical Robotics”. Though Medical Robotics is a vast field, we will highlight the following four topic areas in special sessions:|
|The deadline for submission is March 14, 2011. Submission details can be found at: http://www.iros2011.org/cfp.|
|We will work with the conference program committee to make the assignments of papers to the symposia and conference sessions on the subject of medical robotics. We look forward to your contributions for IROS 2011, Medical Robotics Special Symposium.|
|With best regards,|
|Jaydev P. Desai - RAMS Lab, Maryland Robotics Center, University of Maryland, College Park|
|Paolo Fiorini - University of Verona, Italy|
Surgical robotics has undergone significant growth in the last couple of decades covering a wide variety of areas, such as laparoscopic surgery, cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery to name a few. The primary goal of this track is to highlight some of the contributions in surgical robotics as well as present some papers in this area including, but not limited to, new devices and interfaces for robot-assisted surgery, haptic feedback in surgical procedures, planning algorithms, etc.
Image-guided Robotic Surgery:
In the realm of image-guided robotic interventions, the primary goal of this track will be to highlight contributions, which involve imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, etc. These varied imaging modalities pose their unique challenges, such as, for example, the appropriate selection of sensors and actuators, imaging algorithms, as well as the design of the robotic system to accommodate space constraints.
Robotic devices for rehabilitation have been a common feature of advanced laboratories for quite some time, however their structure and cost made them suitable only for hospitals and specialized clinics. Therefore, patient access has been limited. New, cheaper and lighter rehabilitation devices have the potential of becoming a commonplace in society, thereby, not only impacting the therapy they were designed for, but also improving the quality of life of the patient and stimulating new forms of motion learning. This track will highlight some of the above mentioned issues.
Meso/Nano-scale medical robotics:
With advances in diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, it is not difficult to imagine that surgeries of the future may involve simultaneous diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in situ by meso- to nano-scale robots. Key to this migration from large/medium scale diagnostic devices to meso/nano scale diagnosis and therapy, is the availability of robotic devices carrying probes, tools and chemicals to identify and cure diseases in situ. Papers presented within this session will address the key challenges as well as current progress in these areas.